DETROIT (Feb. 8, 2021) – This month marks the 57th annual American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women of most racial and ethnic backgrounds in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease causes one in three deaths among women in the United States each year.
Henry Ford Health System will host a live Q&A session beginning at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8 to discuss women’s heart health, including prevention of heart disease, the importance of paying close attention to signs and symptoms, and lifestyle tips every woman should know to reduce their chances of developing heart disease. The live event will be hosted on the Henry Ford Health System Facebook page.
Panelists for this Q&A session will include:
- Brittany Fuller, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist at the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute
- Sindhu Koshy, M.D., Cardiologist at the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute
- Erin Beattie, RDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Henry Ford Medical Center – Novi.
The American Heart Association reports that nearly 18.6 million people worldwide died of cardiovascular disease in 2019, the latest year for which global statistics are available, which represents a 17.1% increase over the past decade. In the same year, 523.2 million cases of cardiovascular disease were reported worldwide, a 26.6% increase over 2010.
This year, American Heart Month is even more important due to the impact of the coronavirus on the public's heart health, including potential harmful effects on the heart and vascular system, according to recent research. While in lockdown, more people may have engaged in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that can contribute to heart disease, including eating poorly, drinking more alcohol and limiting physical activity.
Also, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have delayed or avoided going to hospitals for heart attacks and strokes – netting poorer outcomes and prompting the AHA to create "Don't Die of Doubt," a national awareness campaign that reminds people that hospitals are the safest place to go when you have symptoms.
To learn more about heart health or to request an appointment with a Henry Ford cardiologist, visit henryford.com/heart.
About Henry Ford Health System
Founded in 1915 by Henry Ford himself, Henry Ford Health System is a non-profit, integrated health system committed to improving people’s lives through excellence in the science and art of healthcare and healing. Henry Ford Health System includes six hospitals including Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals; Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital; Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; Henry Ford Allegiance in Jackson, MI; and Henry Ford Kingswood Hospital – an inpatient psychiatric hospital.
Henry Ford Health System also includes Henry Ford Medical Group: Henry Ford Physician Network; more than 250 outpatient facilities; Henry Ford Pharmacy; Henry Ford OptimEyes; and other healthcare services. Our not-for-profit health plan, Health Alliance Plan – HAP – provides health coverage for more than 540,000 people.
As one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, Henry Ford Health System trains more than 3,000 medical students, residents, and fellows annually in more than 50 accredited programs, and has trained nearly 40% of the state’s physicians. Our dedication to education and research is supported by nearly $100 million in annual grants from the National Institutes of Health and other public and private foundations.
Henry Ford Health System employs more than 33,000 people, including more than 1,600 physicians, more than 6,600 nurses and 5,000 allied health professionals. For more information, go to henryford.com.
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